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Bromfield: The Case For A ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Horror Movie

According to “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard, the big-screen adaptation of his cult animated sitcom — due in 2020 — might be called “Horseplay: The Horsening.” Well, probably not. It’s a classic Bouchard joke: a microcosm of “Bob’s” humor. It’s so absurd as to border on anti-humor, inexorably tied to …

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Two house shows in, Quin Wise and the Heads Up are already gaining momentum

Quin Wise and the Heads Up is a “band of happy accidents.” They might not have landed a single gig yet if the two shows they’ve played so far hadn’t had other people drop out. They happened to know the owners of the house hosting the first show, which featured …

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7 tips for making it in the Eugene music scene as a student

If you’re a young musician who has just arrived at the University of Oregon and looking to make a name for yourself on the local music scene, you’ll no doubt be relieved to hear it’s not hard to do at all — so long as you follow these tips. Have a …

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Danny Brown, born performer, brought his rock-star strut to a crowded WOW Hall

Danny Brown is a born performer. He craves the spotlight, grinning, flashing devil horns, waggling his self-proclaimed million-dollar tongue at the crowd. Maybe it’s something to do with only being famous for about a third of his career. Maybe he’s just on a lot of pills. But the guy seems …

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Review: Solange’s ‘A Seat At The Table’ is an instant protest-soul classic

Solange’s A Seat At The Table already feels guaranteed a spot in the pantheon of Black Lives Matter-era protest albums — especially remarkable given how effortless, unforced, and non-epic it is. Unlike something like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, which aims for roughly the same scope as, say, Angels In …

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Rap weirdo Danny Brown brings his “Atrocity Exhibition” to the WOW Oct. 8

Danny Brown is a rap purist’s nightmare — a skinny jean-wearing, emo-haired “hipster by heart” who listens to Joy Division and professedly made his 2011 breakthrough album XXX “to get really good reviews.” He’s less likely to collaborate with other big-name rappers than whoever the indie darling of the day …

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Review: Danny Brown’s ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ is a headfirst dive into the abyss

If you’re looking for the funny Danny Brown of “Lie4,” “Adderall Admiral” or “Blunt After Blunt,” you won’t find him on Atrocity Exhibition. The Detroit MC’s fourth album zeroes in on unfiltered ghetto realism and harrowing drug-abuse narratives. Traditionally, Brown albums are split into a “party” half and a “real” …

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UO Music Industry Collective helps students get a leg-up in the music biz

When Allison Del Fium first came to University of Oregon from Los Angeles, she wondered if she’d made the right decision. “I’d always been around musicians, people who knew about the entertainment industry,” the lifelong musician said. “I came to Eugene and was like ‘What do I do?’”  She soon …

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Campbell Club co-oper makes “guttery” folk music as Cigarettes and Milk

If you’re passing through the Campbell Club co-op and see any chocolate milk laying around, you’d be advised not to drink it so as not to incur the wrath of Waldo Przekop. “If you drink my chocolate milk, I’ll get really mad,” he laughs. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, who records as …

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‘Bob’s Burgers’: what fans can expect from its upcoming seventh season

Six seasons in, it’s less worrying that Bob’s Burgers will run out of plots than that it won’t have enough time to realize all its possibilities. While Homer Simpson was already in outer space by the time The Simpsons was in its sixth season, Bob’s has covered an astonishing amount …

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Eugene rockers Dick Dägger prepare to drop equally absurdly named debut album

Dick Dägger haven’t even released their debut full-length album yet and they’re already planning a second. They’d like it to be a concept album. “There have been a few good concept albums lately, but it’s one of those things that always gets lost,” says Mick Dägger, the band’s singer, guitarist, and …

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A few pointers for getting into Eugene’s music scene

Eugene doesn’t see as much live music as it should; a lot of major bands skip over our humble town, stopping in Portland and San Francisco but nowhere in between. But scanning the local music listings to see what’s coming to bars and venues will only give you a cursory …

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I Love Rocks, Eugene’s favorite rock emporium, to host giant yard sale Sunday

Upon entering I Love Rocks on the corner of East 15th and Oak, the first thing you’ll notice is the hundreds of rocks, from dull grey ones to vibrant gems and crystals. Each one has a little tag with its name and — often — its “metaphysical properties.” But Crowbar …

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Review: Eugene’s Face for Radio delivers on debut album “I Can Explain…”

If you’re sick of college bands writing about doing drugs and being lazy — and it seems like just about every college band on earth can’t think of much more to write about — it’s easy to dismiss Face for Radio. Couches, booze, pot, girls, jobs, Netflix, quarter-life anxiety, copious …

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Review: 50 years later, Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ feels like a snapshot of a band in transition

In retrospect, it’s hard to see Revolver as anything but transitional. “Strawberry Fields Forever” was still six months off — an eon by the standards of the assembly-line pace at which the ‘60s pop industry worked. Its studio experiments, exemplified on “Tomorrow Never Knows,” were only baby steps compared to …

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Preview: Whiteaker Block Party celebrates its 10th anniversary with a bang and lots of beer

It’s been ten years since the first Whiteaker Block Party. Since then, it’s blossomed from a small community gathering to “Eugene’s Biggest Summer Event”: an extravaganza with 11 (!) music stages and everything else from carnival games to spoken word to lots and lots of beer. This year’s event will …

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Review: ‘The Killing Joke’ makes a muddled mess out of a classic comic

At 48 pages, Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke — often hailed as the definitive Batman/Joker story — is slim by graphic novel standards. It’s also long been criticized for not allowing its main female character, Batgirl, to function as anything more than a MacGuffin to motivate Batman’s quest. DC’s new …

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‘Pon Farr,’ Trek Theatre’s first Star Trek musical, takes song and dance to the final frontier

Have you ever watched Star Trek and wondered: “Why is no one singing? Why is no one dancing?” If so, you’re in luck. Trek Theatre, the beloved Eugene theater troupe known for its public performances of Star Trek episodes, is about to debut its first musical. Pon Farr: A Green-Blooded …

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Review: The Avalanches cast off their mystique on the excellent ‘Wildflower’

The Avalanches’ second album Wildflower will invariably be compared to its predecessor, Since I Left You, which came out 16 years ago and has since become one of the most revered electronic albums of all time. But Wildflower is more concerned with erasing that record’s baggage than reinforcing it. It …

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Review: In ‘Swiss Army Man,’ life in the wild is better than back at home

Swiss Army Man’s overarching theme is simple but poignant: just how banal, unnecessary and ultimately alienating so many practices that we take for granted in society are. No culture is free from arbitrary taboos and customs which, if you pull back, reveal themselves as completely useless, if not harmful. One …

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Review: Israeli trio A-WA’s ‘Habib Galbi’ is hyper-specific music with broad appeal

The three sisters in A-WA share the last name Haim, which might lead one to make premature comparisons with another group of three sisters named Haim. But finding a Western reference point for their debut album Habib Galbi is futile and, frankly, beside the point. Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim …

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10 years later, Nelly Furtado’s ‘Loose’ is as strange and sensual as ever

When Nelly Furtado released Loose in June 2006, it was a curve ball. Just three years before, she had been collaborating with people like Caetano Veloso and the Kronos Quartet on polite, artsy folk-pop songs. Then suddenly she was singing about sex over blaring beats from Timbaland. It could only have been …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends the best music of 2016 (so far)

The first six months of 2016 have already yielded some beautiful, unforgettable songs. In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald writers Daniel Bromfield, Emerson Malone and Craig Wright share some of their favorites. Listen to the podcast here and check out the playlist below. Here’s what we hear: …

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Review: Ariana Grande spins great sex narratives on ‘Dangerous Woman’

It makes sense that Ariana Grande would go full raunch queen on her third album Dangerous Woman. Though she debuted as a Nickelodeon star, Grande’s never been interested in kid-friendly shit, and she was quick to disown her bubblegum-as-fuck debut single “Put Your Hearts Up.” Alas, the Nick baggage has …

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100 episodes of Bob’s Burgers: Where the show’s gone and what’s yet to come

As Bob’s Burgers hits its 100th episode, it’s worth looking at how far the show has come since its humble debut in 2011. Or, more precisely, how far it hasn’t come. It still hasn’t enjoyed the culture-eating ubiquity of The Simpsons or Family Guy, nor has it provided endless fodder …

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What will be 2016’s Song of the Summer?

Each year has its definitive Song of the Summer. It’s chiefly defined by two things: (a) its earwormy nature and (b) its ubiquity. 2014 was the summer of that “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo (feat. Snoop Dogg) was ubiquitous and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj was …

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Emerald Recommends: the best Bob’s Burgers episodes

In honor of the 100th episode of Bob’s Burgers being aired tonight, the Emerald recommends the finest episodes from the Belchers’ six seasons. “Hamburger Dinner Theater” (season one, episode five)  The fifth-ever episode of Bob’s pulls no punches as it reaches absurd levels of gruesome black comedy. Linda recruits everyone …

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In defense of Popplio, Pokémon Sun & Moon’s much-maligned water starter

Since the starters for the unfortunately titled Pokémon Sun & Moon games (abbreviate ‘em) were first revealed last Tuesday, the internet’s been quick to praise the Grass-type owl Pokémon, Rowlet, and quick to heap vitriol on the Water-type seal Popplio. Most of the hatred seems to pivot around its clown-like …

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Get to know some college town sounds at the Willamette Valley Music Festival

The Willamette Valley Music Festival only happens once every year—and you should take advantage of it since it’s all free. Here’s the low-down on some of the bands you’ll regret not going to see. Evergreen by Meerah Powell, @meerahpowell Makayla Meador, the electronic producer Evergreen, didn’t always know she was …

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Bromfield: It doesn’t matter that Beyoncé doesn’t play instruments (and Radiohead does)

A couple days ago, when Beyoncé’s Lemonade had been out for about a week and Radiohead was ramping up the promotion for “Burn the Witch,” I wrote a tweet comparing the two albums’ cryptic rollouts. Quickly, a Twitter user responded: “The difference between Beyoncé and Radiohead is that the latter are musicians …

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